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By Warren Westura


What is Your Favorite Winter Comfort Food?





Vegetable Soup. My mother makes it and it just tastes really good.

Mashed Potatoes. Why? Because they make you feel like you’re home. —Jennifer Keenan, North Caldwell

—Kelly Simoes, Kearny




Hot chocolate and homemade oatmeal cookies.

Short Ribs in a slow cooker. Because they are rich, they are warm and they hit the spot.

—Barbara Lombardy, North Caldwell





—Jennifer Tse, North Caldwell


Soup, like Chicken Noodle Soup. Warms me inside. Associations with childhood, and feelings of being comfortable at home.

Homemade Soup, Chicken Soup. —Linda Tasch, Verona

—David Satterwhite, Montclair

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A good soup. Chicken Noodle. It just spells comfort for me.

My wife’s homemade soup. —Carl Tasch, Verona

—Marni Garcia, North Caldwell

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On the Spot


Inside Essex

What is Your Favorite Winter Comfort Food?

Exciting News and Happenings in the Area


Calendar of Events


This Just In..



Local Museum/ Gallery Exhibits


2016 Camps & Summer Programs

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For Valentine’s Day

Private Schools/ Educational Programs

Three Reasons to Send Kids to Camps Your Best Self!

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Inside ESSEX Cloverleaf Tavern Named “Oldest Business in Caldwell”


ight after prohibition ended In 1933, George Dorchak Jr. bought a liquor license for his new gentleman’s bar. On December 5, 2015, 82 years later, Cloverleaf Day was celebrated in Caldwell to honor the tavern as the town’s oldest business.

Ryan Dorchak

Three generations of Dorchaks’ have steered the business into the new century — keeping the bar and restaurant communitybased. Ryan Dorchak is the current general manager and keeps the tavern true to their dedication as the “Place Where Good Friends Meet.” The Tavern sponsors local clubs and can be counted on to support community events. The restaurant hosts weekly burger nights and family nights as well as a monthly beer appreciation club. Cloverleaf Tavern is the perennial winner of Best Burger in Suburban Essex’s Best of Essex Contest. In 2015 they received a gold medal in our newest category, Best Craft Beer. Cloverleaf Tavern is located at 395 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell.

Local School Districts Make the Grade!

Block and Zuckerman Comes into Focus



he best school districts in the state have been ranked by, and several in Suburban Essex are among the Top 100. In the area, Livingston ranked the highest, at number 9 in the state and 78th in the country. The next highest local school district was Glen Ridge, ranked number 29 in the state and 228 in the country. West Essex took number 35 in the state, and Montclair scored 43. The two other area school districts that rose to the Top 100 were West Orange and CaldwellWest Caldwell, at 82 and 87, respectively. based its ratings on statistics, student and parent reviews, and expert insights. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student culture and diversity and school resources. The intent behind the rankings is to provide a comprehensive assessment of the overall excellence of the school district.


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lock and Zuckerman Opticians (B&Z) proudly welcomes all Suburban Essex readers to its newly renovated store. Serving the community since 1951, B&Z strives for excellence in service, value, style and fashion. With the makeover, the optical boutique reflects this mission. As part of its courteous and comprehensive service, B&Z always helps customers select the best frames for their faces. Now, they can choose their frames in high style as well. Chic furniture sits atop dark timber flooring, which contrasts nicely against the fresh white walls. A multitude of frame choices by such designers as Tom Ford, iGreen, Lafont, Ray Ban and many more are presented in sleek showcases and displays, essentially reaching out to be tried on.

Ofer Steinberg

“I am very excited to invite everyone into our brand new space,” says Ofer Steinberg, owner of B&Z and an optician with 20 years’ experience. “We feel the fresh new look will help our clients more fully enjoy the rewarding process of selecting new eyewear,” adds Amy Block Ascher, B&Z optician with 35 years of experience. B&Z won a Silver medal in the Best of Essex 2015 contest. B&Z is located at 796 Northfield Avenue in West Orange, 973-736-7647,

The New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts Marks 12th Anniversary


he NJ School of Dramatic Arts, located at 593 Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield is New Jersey’s premier acting school, with over 30 instructional classes for adults, teens and children. Now celebrating its 12th year in Bloomfield, school directors Beth Baur and Robert Sapoff are very proud that the school has been recognized for a second year in a row as the gold medal winner in the Best of Essex Readers’ Choice Awards in the category of Best Children’s Enrichment/Instruction. There is much to celebrate at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts, especially the success of so many students (adults, teens and children) who are working in theater, film and television as actors and directors. The non-profit acting school takes great pride in offering the best in acting, musical theater, improvisation and TV & film training. From the beginner to the most advanced, students are placed in classes that match their experience with one on one attention. For more information about upcoming programs including, Theater Arts Summer Camps for all ages, call 973-566-9700 or visit

Wellness Spa Opens in Caldwell


aldwell is now home to A Touch Of Wellbeing located at 356 Bloomfield Avenue. Here you will be rejuvenated and put into a state of wellbeing—the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy. With services that range from massage to facials to skincare, this new gem is your oasis from stress. A Touch of Wellbeing is beyond massage and facials. They will be hosting wellness classes and special events including life coaching, spa parties, Reiki, Tai Chi and more. The onsite gift shop offers a host of items including hostess gifts, jewelry, cookware, Zen products, teas along with the Image Skincare product line. Proprietor Greg Gallerano invites all customers to experience a massage tailored to their individual needs, a facial that include one-on-one skin analysis or to browse in the spas’ gift shop. 973-228-4289.

Caldwell Environmental Commission Announces 2015 Sustainability Awards


t the December 1st Caldwell Council Meeting, the Caldwell Environmental Commission recognized the following for their commitment to better sustainability practices in town.

Dough Artisan Restaurant owner, Ed Simmons, was acknowledged for partnering with local farmers and promoting sustainability to provide Caldwell residents with the freshest possible dining experience. He was also recognized for the community-supported Agriculture Program he provides — his on-premise garden is particularly notable. Meghan Moran, Associate Director, Office of Student Engagement, Caldwell University was presented an award in appreciation of her help with the coordination of student volunteers for the Personette Pollinator Garden and for the student and faculty help on the Caldwell Day of Service at Caldwell’s other open space properties. Robert Bellasalma, Administrative Assistant, Caldwell was presented his award to recognize his continual help with all Environmental Commission projects, especially the Personette Pollinator Garden. The Commission and the Borough of Caldwell appreciate all of their efforts to make Caldwell more sustainable.

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Friday, February 5 Glen Ridge Antique Show The Glen Ridge Antiques Show is proud to celebrate our 70th consecutive year of bringing fine antiques, fresh food and a welcoming spirit to all attending the show. Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm. The Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge. 973-743-5596.

Ongoing Throughout February

Essex County Senior Legacies Writing Contest

Women’s Workshops February programs are: Chair Yoga and Women Beware...Understanding What You Really Need to Know When Going Through a Divorce. Please call for dates and times. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

Mega Model Trains Train enthusiasts will marvel at the spectacular 288-square foot interactive model train display. Runs thru March 6. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

Computer Classes Computer training is available to all women at all levels. February classes are: Intro to WORD; and PowerPoint. Please call for dates and times. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Division of Senior Services invite Essex seniors ages 60 and older to submit an original story focusing on a special person, lifechanging experience or significant period of their life to the 2016 Essex County Legacies Writing Contest. The deadline is Monday, March 21. For a complete list of contest rules visit or call 973-395-8389.

Caregiver Support Group This group is for people caring for someone with cognitive impairment or Parkinson’s disease. It offers a safe environment to share and learn how to meet your caregiving needs and receive support. First and third Monday of the month. 7–8:30pm. Call Ruth Rothbart-Mayer, LCSW for more info and to sign up. Verona Park Boathouse, Lakeside and Bloomfield Aves., Verona. 917-916-8002.

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The Lore Ross Jewelry Gallery, newly redesigned and reinstalled, showcases jewelry across seven centuries. The focus of the new installation is the wide array of materials, both noble and humble, that have been used over the centuries to create things of beauty for personal adornment. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550. www. indicates family/child friendly event.

Showcasing Textile Art Exhibit

The Writers Circle Creative Writing Workshops


Offering a full line-up of workshops for Children & Adults. Now in Five New Jersey Communities: Ridgewood, Montclair, South Orange, Maplewood, Summit. Classes Run thru March 31. The Writers Circle, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit. www. ”Following the Thread” features textiles from the nineteenth century to the present day that utilize thread to create artful designs. While the exhibition focuses primarily on traditional textiles, an impressive collection of Native American beadwork and Latin American objects is also featured. Runs thru April 1. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700. www.

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Monday Morning Yoga Taking inspiration from the magnificent natural beauty around us, you flow between postures at a slow to moderate pace, focusing on building strength in body and mind. This class welcomes all levels from beginner to experienced yogis. Bring a mat. Instructor: Jennifer Hondru-Celestin (no class 2/15). 9:30-10:45am. Registration required. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752. education@

Career Services For Women Ongoing program assisting women in becoming “job ready” and successfully find employment. Meet with a professional and receive guidance in goal setting, career planning, resume writing, interview techniques, and job search strategies. NCJW/ Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-994-4994. www.centerforwomen

Jeri Greenberg, pastels and Bill Cofone, photographs. Runs thru Feb. 28. JCC Metrowest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange. www.jccmetro

Italian Conversation Lessons Intermediate classes will begin on Feb. 3. Classes run for 8 weeks on Wednesday evenings. Registration deadline is Feb. 2. The Center for Italian & Italian American Culture, 411 Pompton Ave., lower level, Cedar Grove. 973-571-1995. info@

Theater Lobby and Steiner Court Showcases New Jersey Woodturners. Runs thru April 24. JCC Metrowest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange. www.jccmetro (continued on page 12)


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Animal Kingdom— Toying With Art

Peek inside the Earth to its very core. Discover why earthquakes “shake.” See a volcano “blow its top.” Hungry is as hungry gets when you’re a lion or polar bear. Watch out for those bats and don’t get stung by a bee. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550. www.newark

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“The Metal Work of Denice Bizot” Exhibit Explore the “wild” side of art through creatures made from traditional oil paint, re-purposed toys, and more. Thru March 6. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700. www.morris

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“DynamicEarth” Revealing Nature’s Secrets Exhibit

Ongoing programs providing women clients with confidential consultations with a professional to determine how best to approach a financial or legal concern. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston. 973-9944994.

Arts of Asia Exhibit

The opening of “Walking the Edge of Paradoxical Fragility: The Metal Work of Denice Bizot,” curated by Kathy Imlay. Bizot creates intricate, lace-work patterns on found metal objects, such as shovel-heads, cooking woks, barbecue pits, and vintage car hoods. 7am-7pm. Runs thru April 29. BrassWorks Gallery, 105 Grove St., Montclair. 973-746-0644.

Monday, February 1 MPAC Announces Auditions for the

The Museum’s collections of the Arts of Asia were established in 1909 with the very founding of the Museum. Currently, twenty permanent galleries display over six hundred Asian works of art—only two percent of the 30,000 objects that comprise the Asian collections. Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973596-6550.

This is MPAC 4th annual spring musical-Mary Poppins. Auditions will take place Feb.1, Feb. 3 and Feb.7 at the Theatre. Youth ages 9-22 may audition. Details on casting and auditions can be found at education/musical. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-0345 ext.6505.

Bloomfield Art League Exhibit Oil, acrylic and water color paintings as well photography, sculpture and mixed media pieces by these talented artists will be featured. Runs thru Feb. 26.Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr,, Nutley. 973-667-0405. www.

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An exhibit featuring the work of 95 SMI members. 7am-7pm. Studio Montclair’s galleries at Academy Square, the SMI Gallery @ Academy Square and the SMI Virginia S. Block Gallery, first and second floors of Academy Square, 33 Plymouth St., Montclair.

Arts/Theater Lobby Exhibit Dave Cubie, paintings. Runs thru Feb. 28. JCC Metrowest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange. www.jccmetro

“Why My Essex County Park Is Important to Me” Essay Contest This contest is open to any 4th grade student attending school in Essex County. Entries are limited to one essay per student. Essays are to be one page, double spaced in length and typed on 8.5 x 11 paper. Please label with the student’s name, school name, teacher’s name, grade, town of residence & phone number. Essays and completed entry forms must be submitted by Tuesday, March 1, and mailed to: Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Essex County Kip’s Castle Park, Attention: Lisa Payne, 22 Crestmont Rd., Verona.

Recruiting Volunteers and Docents Turtle Back Zoo is recruiting volunteers for the 2016 Docent Class. Docents are volunteer educators who give educational talks, act as tour guides, and are stationed throughout the Zoo to provide information to visitors about the Zoo and its animal collection. Training begins Feb.14 and continues Sundays thru March. Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange. 973-731-5800, ext. 306. tbzdocents

Book Discussion


“The Cutting Season” by Attica Locke. 1:30-2:30pm. Free. West Orange Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., W. Orange. 973-736-0198.

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Each class will start with a short reading from a classical yogic text. The chosen verse (sutra) will guide students throughout class and in each posture, helping to deepen their understanding of yoga. All levels welcome. Advance registration. Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973228-8776.



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Build with Legos and make new friends. Grades K-5. 4pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-0198. www.

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Groundhog Day Make-It

Stop by for a special Groundhog Day Kids Make-It program. 6:30pm. Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-226-2837.

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Flight School the Musical

Healing Meditation Class is open to all. Relax and recharge. 7:30-8:30pm. The Wae Center, 270 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange.

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It’s the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Penguin has the soul of an eagle and is ready to live on the wind. With some friends of a feather, Penguin follows his dreams to flip flap, and fly. Ages 4-10. 4pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center,100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

Yoga at Van Vleck Wind down your day with mindful yoga. Taking inspiration from the magnificent natural beauty around us, you flow between postures at a slow to moderate pace, focusing on building strength in body and mind. All levels welcome. Bring a mat. Instructor: Jennifer Hondru-Celestin. 7– 8:15pm. Mondays. Registration required. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752.

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Ages 2-4. Registration required. 11am. Tuesdays 10:30am. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham.

Wednesday, February 3 Tai Chi at the Library All classes are at 10:30-11:30am, and are free to the public. Also Feb.11,17 & 25. Cedar Grove Free Public Library, 1 Municipal Plz., Cedar Grove. 973-857-9536. miriam@

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West Orange Chamber of Commerce Annual Breakfast Robert D. Parisi guest speaker. 8am. Purchase tickets Mayor’s office, 66 Main St., or on line at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. 973-731-0360.

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Seven months of winter sky watching in the Arctic Circle, hundreds of thousands of photographs and hours under the spell of the Aurora Borealis have been condensed into the world’s first full dome 360 degree, high resolution movie. Wed– Fri, 2pm; Sat & Sun, 2 & 4pm. Recommended for adults and children ages 9 and up; 35 minutes. Newark Museum, Planetarium, 49 Washington St., Newark. 973-596-6550.

Job Fair Join the team at Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex & Turtle Back Zoo. Jobs range from: animal helpers, maintenance, parking attendants, cashiers, guest relations, ropes, rescuers, camp counselors, managers and more. 4-6:30pm. Turtle Back Zoo, Education Building, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange. 973-731-5800.

AARP Free Tax Preparation Returns will be e-filed at no cost to the taxpayer using IRS software. The AARP volunteers will prepare tax returns on Wednesdays from 10am1pm (with appointments on the hour). The tax preparation service will be available through April 13. West Orange Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-0198.

Thursday, February 4 Fetty Wap—Welcome to the Zoo Willie Maxwell II, better known by his stage name Fetty Wap, is an American hip hop recording artist from Paterson, New Jersey. He rose to prominence with his 2014 single “Trap Queen”. 8pm. Wellmont Theatre, 5 Seymour St., Montclair. 973-7839500.

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Essex Photo Club Program “A Photographer’s Guide to Iceland” will be presented by Philip and Beck Witt who will guide you through the beauty of Iceland. 7:30pm. Caldwell United Methodist Church, 8 Academy Rd., Caldwell. 73-736-1861.

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Yakkety Yak Book Club Children will read “I, Matthew Henson Polar Explorer” by Carole Boston Weatherford, and then enjoy discussion and activities related to the book. A snack will be provided. Grades 2-3. 4:30pm. Registration required. Preference is given to Livingston residents. Livingston Library at 10 Robert H. Harp Drive, Livingston. 973-992-4600 x270.

“The Brothers Size” Performance In the Louisiana bayou, big brother Ogun Size is hardworking and steady. Younger brother Oshoosi is just out of prison and aimless. Elegba, Oshoosi’s old prison-mate, is a mysterious complication. A world that begins in ritual, evolves into a tough and tender drama of what it means to brother and be brothered. Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Runs thru March 6. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-395-5551.

“Once” Production Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. 8pm. Also Feb. 5 & 6,8pm. Feb. 6 2pm. State Theater,15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. 732-246-7469.

The Grand Parade The Grand Parade depicts major events of the 20th century through music, dance, circus arts, and multimedia projections. It revisits the ecstasy of the moon landing, the frenzy of war, the magic of Houdini, the Civil Rights movement, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the AIDS epidemic, the contributors of pop cons from the Marx Brothers to Chubby Checker to David Bowie, and much more. Runs thru Feb. 7. 7:30pm. Double Edge Theatre, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair.

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A New Musical About The Old Neighborhood Written by Chazz Palminteri and based on his acclaimed one-man show‚ “A Bronx Tale” is set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s. It is the story of an ItalianAmerican teenager finding his path in life as he must choose between the father who raised him and a mob-boss father figure who fascinates him. Runs thru Feb. 18. Call or visit web for dates and times. Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn. 973-376-4343.

Sergio Mendes Performs Enjoy a night of Brazilian jazz from the king of the bossa nova. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center,100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

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Valentine’s Day Make-It Register now for Valentine’s Day Kids Make-It and make a heart box planter. 4pm. Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-2262837.

Thursday Evening Yoga This “all levels” yoga series will focus on alignment, flow and warmth followed by a restorative pose to unwind the body and mind for bed. All levels welcome. Advance registration required. Thursdays, 6:15-7:30pm. Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-2288776.

Friday, February 5 “The Pirates of Penzance”

Swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens and more engage in this rollicking romp that is one of the best loved pieces of musical theatre. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center,100 South St., Morristown. 973539-8008.

Glen Ridge Antique Show Celebrating 70th consecutive year of bringing fine antiques, fresh food and a welcoming spirit to all attending the show. Fri, 10am-9pm; Sat, 10am-4pm. The Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge. 973-743-5596.

“A Call To Freedom” The Stage Play This musical stage play takes you on a journey through the lives of slaves as they travel the road to freedom. Based on the book by Newarks own, Apostle Bernard Wilks, and written and directed by award winning playwright Kenneth G. Craddox. Free. 7pm. The Willing Hearts Center, 555 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark. 732-4309348.

Game Day Goodies Cooking Class Join chef Diane Marino and participate in cooking cheesy artichoke dip with homemade dippers, sweet and sassy wings, chili topped corn muffins, sloppy joe sliders and touch down cupcakes. Ages 8-12. 6-8pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills.973-258-4009.

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz Fran Lebowitz is one of the foremost advocates of the Extreme Statement. She is pointed, forthright, unapologetically opinionated, and known for her hilariously dry social commentary on American life. Lebowitz offers insights on timely issues such as gender, race, gay rights, and the media as well as her own pet peeves—including celebrity culture, tourists and strollers. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s” metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of “Little Cloud’s” travels through the sky, and the “Mixed-Up Chameleon’s” discovery of his own unique nature. Ages 4-7. 2pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

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Essex County College Jewelry Expo Essex County College Fashion Board is presenting a Valentine’s Jewelry Expo. This event will offer one of a kind handcrafted jewelry pieces, handbags, accessories and more. The Expo will have unique fashions, which will make for a fun and diverse mixture of items at great prices. Noon-5pm. Essex County College (Physical Education Building), 303 University Ave., Newark.

Miss Nelson can’t control her crazy classroom… she’s just too nice. But when she disappears, her substitute is the no-nonsense Viola Swamp! With the big test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss their Miss Nelson… and they’ll do anything to get her back. 11am & 1:30pm. Morris Museum, Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

Swingin’ Tern Contra Dance Alexandra Deis-Lauby will call the contras. The band will be Gotham Groove. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30pm. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. Listeners are welcome. 8-11pm. First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. 973-295-6864. www.

Chocolate Festival Chocolate inspired activities include: chocolate Bingo, design your own chocolate bar wrapper, hot cocoa craft, chocolate inspired games, meet a chocolatier. 11am. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3706. www.morrismuseum. org/family-festivals

The recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, American violist Matthew Lipman has been hailed by The New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing” and by the Chicago Tribune for his “splendid technique and musical sensitivity.” 3pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

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Marc Berger Performs Singer/songwriter Marc Berger will perform songs from his album RIDE, a contemporary tribute to the American West. 2-3pm. Summit Free Public Library, 75 Summit St., Summit. 908-273-0350.

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Monday, February 8 Garden Club of Montclair Meeting and Tea Program titled “Gardens in the Garden State.” Authors Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry will describe New Jersey’s magnificent public and private garden with illustrations from their latest book. Enjoy tea and view flower design competition entries following the presentation. 1-3pm. United Way Building Auditorium, 60 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair.

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, “Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor.” 8pm. Wellmont Theatre, 5 Seymour St., Montclair. 973783-9500.

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Private School/Education Listings Aquinas Academy 388 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-992-1587 Contact: Sister Lena Picillo, Principal or Mrs. Gloria Castucci Aquinas Academy provides a quality education in a family atmosphere, serving students from preschool-grade 8. Dedicated to the development of academic excellence and Christ-centered values, faculty members focus on the whole child, instructing the mind and nurturing the faith in each student.

The Craig School Tower Hill Road, Mountain Lakes 973-334-1295 Contact: Debra Gallo Email: Age Groups: Grades 2-8 Open House Dates: Presentations begin promptly at 10:15am followed by a facility tour: February 23; March 15; April 19; May 17 The mission of the Craig School is to provide to students a strategy-based, comprehensive


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and challenging school experience that acknowledges their learning disabilities, builds on their aptitudes, and strengthens their self-awareness and self-esteem. They help parents assess their child’s true potential and understand the nature of learning disabilities, and provide families an internal support network within the Craig community.

The Craig High School 310 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton 973-334-1234 Contact: Debra Gallo Age Groups: Grades 9-12 Open House Dates : Presentations will begin promptly at 8:30am followed by a tour of the facility: February 24; March 23; April 20 and May 18 The mission of the Craig School is to provide to students a strategy-based, comprehensive and challenging school experience that acknowledges their learning disabilities, builds on their aptitudes, and strengthens their

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self-awareness and self-esteem. They help parents assess their child’s true potential and understand the nature of learning disabilities, and provide families an internal support network within the Craig community

Daytop New Jersey Academy 80 West Main Street, Mendham 973-543-5656 Contact Erin Carrabba, Principal Email: Age Groups: Ages 13-18 To provide quality educational services for students with a broad range of academic needs in a therapeutic, substance free environment, while fostering an ethic of hard work, honesty and mutual respect, promoting accountability to oneself and the community, and helping prepare students to return to their home school or post-secondary education.

Delbarton School 230 Mendham Road, Morristown 973-538-3231 ext. 3019 Contact: Dr. David Donovan Email: Age Groups: Boys, Grades 7-12 Delbarton School, an independent Roman Catholic learning community conducted by the Benedictine monks of St. Mary’s Abbey with their lay colleagues, welcomes young men in from diverse backgrounds to pursue excellence, to develop leadership, and to build character by educating the whole person: mind, body and spirit.

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Estelle Finkel Educational Associates 125 West Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-994-4665 Contact: Amanda Patrick, Educational Director Email: Age Groups: Pre-K-adult education We build meaningful, enduring relationships. Every relationship at Estelle Finkel starts with a personal consult to understand each student’s unique talents, challenges, and personality. Together, we agree on the most effective path for your child’s academic growth, devising a personalized curriculum and identifying the ideal instructor based on experience, skill-set, and personality match. We stick by students for the long haul, and are committed to successful, meaningful relationships with each and every person we tutor.

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52 Great Hills Road 973-379-3442 Contact: Mikki Murphy, Director of Admissions Email: Age Groups: Ages 3-14 (Nursery-Grade 8) Far Brook School is an independent, coeducational day school for 240 students from Nursery through Grade Eight. Their innovative approach to learning through the arts provides children a classical liberal arts education at an elementary and middle school level. A Far Brook education stimulates curiosity and creative thinking. Student-faculty ratio is 6 to 1.

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The French American Academy • 1092 Carnation Drive, New Milford 201-338-8320 ext. 100 Contact: Anne-Sophie Gueguen Email: Age Groups: PK2-Grade 5

and aspire to see students become wellrounded, lifelong learners, who are respectful, confident, open-minded and globally literate.

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• 209 Third Street, Jersey City 201-338-8320 ext. 201 Contacat: Audrey Poirette Email: Age Groups: PK2-Grade 3 • 131 Mountain Way, Morris Plains 201-338-8320 ext. 300 Contact: Ria WOLFF Email: Age Groups: PK2-Grade 1 The French American Academy strives to provide the highest educational standards with a bilingual, comprehensive curriculum in a safe and creative environment. They foster an atmosphere that promotes enthusiasm, critical thinking, curiosity, and a healthy work ethic. They cultivate individual talents

Wilf Lower School Campus 122 Gregory Avenue, West Orange 973-602-3700 Age Groups: PreK-Grade 12 The preeminent preparatory school in New Jersey for Jewish education. Golda Och Academy unlocks the potential of their students by cultivating their critical thinking skills and nurturing their intellectual curiosity through the study of the humanities, sciences, Judaics and creative arts.

HudsonWay Immersion School 587 Springfield Ave, Summit 908-598-8088 Contact: Elizabeth Williaum Email: Age Groups: Age 2½-Grade 5 Open House Dates: February 26th at 9:30am; March 18th at 9:30am

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At HudsonWay Immersion School, our mission is to help build the knowledge, skills, and character of our students so they can one day become meaningful, global contributors and citizens of the world. Our immersion approach enables students to learn content in two languages, empowering them to become bilingual, bi-cognitive and bi-cultural.

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Kent Place School 42 Norwood Avenue, Summit 908-273-0900 Contact: Julia Wall, Director of Admission & Financial Aid Email: Age Groups: Preschool (coed), Kindergarten-Grade 12 (All Girls) Founded in 1894, Kent Place School is New Jersey’s only independent, nonsectarian, college preparatory day school for girls, with a co-educational junior pre-kindergarten and prekindergarten. Small classes, individualized college counseling, state of the art technology, leadership development, interscholastic athletics and diverse options in the fine arts define a Kent Place education.

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Kiddie Academy of West Caldwell 810 Passaic Avenue 973-227-4382 Contacts: Stacy LaFontant / Jill Buckley-Jones Email: Age Groups: Infant-Pre-K, Kindergarten and School Age They provide care that focuses on days filled with learning and fun— the key ingredients of their Life Essentials® educational philosophy. The smiles you’ll see on children’s faces will delight you. You want your child to thrive in an environment that’s as clean, safe and nurturing as your home. Kiddie Academy is more than daycare, they set the standards for safety, education and trust.

The Language Institute 175 Fairfield Ave., Suite 2C, W. Caldwell 973-228-1843 Contact: Phyllis Ignozza Email: Age Groups: Ages 4 and up (middle school, high school, college students and adults) Offering quality language instruction for all ages with personalized instruction, effective methodology and highly qualified and experienced native-speaker teachers. For parents who wish to introduce children to a new language at the optimal age, students seeking enrichment or remedial tutoring or the adult with personal, business or travel goals.

Little Dreamers Learning Center 747 Northfield Ave, West Orange 201-247-6530 Contact: Laura Sider Email: Age Groups: 2½-5 years The mission of Little Dreamers Learning Center is to launch preschool children into the life God dreams for them as they explore their world and learn about their ever widening circles of influence. (continued on page 28)

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Mathnasium Academic Enrichment & Tutoring 31-35 East Northfield Road, Livingston 973-377-6284 Age Groups: Grades 2-12 At Mathnasium, they believe every child has the ability to be successful with a solid foundation in mathematics. When math makes sense, children excel—in the classroom while in school, and beyond in life—whether struggling today or looking to get further ahead.

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65 Chestnut Street, Montclair 973-783-4955 Contact: Jackie Yarmo, Director of Admissions Age Groups: Nursery-Grade 8 The Montclair Cooperative School is a private progressive day school, with a focus on strong academics, experiential learning, a meaningful social curriculum and individualized teaching. The Co-op highly values parent involvement and prides itself on a strong, diverse community of families.

The Montessori Children’s Academy • 200 Hartshorn Drive, Short Hills 973-258-1400 Age Groups: Age 2½-Grade 8 Contact: Amy Hidalgo • 6 Kahn Road, Morristown Age Groups: Ages 2½-6 973-410-9669 Contact: Kathi Brandt • 286 Main Street, Chatham 973-665-0071 Age Groups: Ages 2½-6 Contact: Lori Hnatov Email: The Montessori Children’s Academy is committed to inspiring and motivating young children to learn by providing the finest Montessori educational experience. Using traditional Montessori methods, they provide a developmentally challenging, yet appropriate learning environment that engages children’s natural curiosity and helps them to develop a lifelong love of learning.

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3 Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-0660 Contact: Mrs. Pauline Condon, 973-226-0660 ext. 1114 Email: Age Groups: Grades 9-12 Join your friends as you prepare for college and for life at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, an independent Catholic college prep school for young women. Here, students from a variety of ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds are encouraged to realize their individual gifts and talents through the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community and mission – the call to make the world a better place.

An Event for Women of All Ages & Lifestyles! Our Lady of the Lake School 26 Lakeside Avenue, Verona 973-239-1160 Principal: Benjamin Ronquillo Email: Age Groups: PreK-3-Grade 8 Our Lady of the Lake School, a National Blue Ribbon School, is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and personalized learning experience for children. A supportive educational team of students, staff, parents and community aims to provide a creative, Christian learning environment with an emphasis placed on developing students’ individual abilities. Children are taught social awareness and are encouraged to become responsible, contributing members of church and society.

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Lacordaire Academy 155 Lorraine Avenue, Upper Montclair 973-744-1156 ext. 12 • Contact: Joan Hearst Email: Age Groups: Pre-K-8 (coed) and Grades 9-12 (young women) Open House Dates: Tuesday Feb 2, (8:30- 9:30am); 7th Grade Shadow Day Friday, April 29, (8:30am-12 noon) Lacordaire Academy is an independent college preparatory school rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition serving a diverse student body. A challenging curriculum combines academics, athletics, appreciation of the arts and community service to empower students to develop their own gifts and talents. They accomplish their mission by working in a collaborative manner engaging the entire Lacordaire community. Sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell NJ.

Pucci Performing Arts Centre (PPAC) 19 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston 973-223-9200 Contact:Kathy Pucci Email: Age Groups: Ages 2 to adult Pucci Performing Arts Centre (PPAC) offers a place where people can learn to dance, make new friends, have fun and feel comfortable. They offer a varied dance program, appealing to both the recreational and competitive dancer. PPAC provides a clean spacious facility, which fosters creativity in a warm, safe environment. They offer classes for toddlers through adults so dancers of all ages will feel welcome at PPAC. (continued on page 30)

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Saint Catherine of Siena School 39 East Bradford Ave., Cedar Grove 973-239-6968 Age Groups: 3 and 4 Year Olds, Pre-K, Kindergarten-Grade 8 Enrollment at Saint Catherine of Siena School is an investment in your child’s future that will pay dividends long after they graduate. The solid combination of strong academics, Christian values, discipline, and responsibility will stay with your children for years. The strong sense of family inspired by Saint Catherine’s community will endure for a lifetime.

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235 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-226-3386 Contact: Mrs. Mary N. Cassels, Principal Email: Age Groups: Pre-K (age 3)-Grade 8 Trinity Academy fosters a love of learning, desire for academic excellence, and respect for each other grounded in a shared Catholic faith. Trinity offers small classes, a flexible Pre-K program, full-day Kindergarten and Before/ After Care. Educating Leaders of Tomorrow. Trinity Academy is a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

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Age Groups: Grades 4-12 Open House Dates: February 9 at 9am; February 23 at 7pm; March 8 at 9am; March 22 at 7pm Winston Preparatory School is an innovative day school for students in the 4th through 12th grade with learning differences such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities, and executive functioning difficulties. We do this through a process that understands each student, individualizes a program to meet their needs and that builds a powerful sense of community. We call this process the Continuous Feedback System. This system is designed to deeply understand each student’s specific learning profile including their strengths and potential. Come to an open house and learn more about our educational philosophy and tour our school.

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Wednesday, February 10 Pizza & a Movie 1-3pm. Caldwell Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-226-2837.

Healing Meditation Class is open to all. Relax and recharge. 7:30-8:30pm. The Wae Center, 270 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. Email:

The Orlando Consort in THE ANONYMOUS MONK Acclaimed British a cappella ensemble partners with the Seton Hall University Chamber Choir to create a vivid portrait in words and music. 7:30pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.


The Beach Boys Perform Put away the snowballs and break out the beach balls. Mike Love and The Beach Boys perform 50 years of classic hits and musical memories. 7:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center,100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008. www.



Hot Chocolate-The Drink of the Gods Susan Fine of The Chocolate Path will teach you about the origins of chocolate , as well as how to make different hot chocolates ranging from Ancient Latin American originals, European Café Classics and Modern spins. At the end of this class you will be able to make luxurious hot chocolate from ingredients found in your home, not in a box. Open to residents and non-residents. 2-4pm. Livingston Community Senior Center, 204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston. 973-535-7925 or email

Meditation for Women Meditation helps you reduce stress, relieve anxiety, obsessive thinking and improve your mood. It yields physical, psychological and spiritual benefits. 4-5pm. Advanced Registration Required. NJ Center for Healthy Living, 2nd Fl., 292 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. 973-857-4357 (HELP).

Lunch & Learn Register now for “How to get off the Worry-Go-Round” with Sharie Spironhi. 1-2pm. Caldwell Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-226-2837.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Stan Edward performing “The Crooners.” Livingston residents only. 1pm. Livingston Community Senior Center, 204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston. 973-535-7925 or email:

Create boxes out of greeting cards—come make one for your valentine or yourself. 4pm. Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-226-2837.

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Jerry Rivera Performs His artistic diversity and ability to captivate a demographically diverse fan base makes him one of the biggest musical acts in the world. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-816-8160. www.

The universe is packed with extreme objects and events and the Space Extreme series explores the biggest, hottest and most amazing. Visit black holes, supernovae, colliding galaxies and others—all of which push the edge of understanding and imagination. Reservations recommended. Ages 8 and older. 7pm. Longo Planetarium in Cohen Hall, CCM’s, 214, Center Grove Rd., Randolph. 973328-5076.

“Love, Loss And What I Wore” Production A series of monologues and duologues from the true-life stories of women, telling of the best, worst, saddest, happiest, funniest and most embarrassing moments of their lives, based on the clothes they were wearing at the time. Not suitable for children. Runs thru Feb. 27. Nutley Little Theatre, NLT Barn, 47 Erie Place, Nutley. 212-868-4444.

“Lust, Greed and Murder” Dinner Theater Love is in the air, or so you would think. Unfortunately, all is not hearts and roses tonight, as a killer is amongst you at this year’s Harlot Book Publishing romance writing competition and murder is on the menu. An intrepid Detective is going to need all the help he can get, as he asks the audience to help him solve the crime! 7pm. Oakside Mansion, 240 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield. 973429-0960.

Romance is in the Air Stan Edward performs “A Tribute to Famous Crooners”. Light refreshments provided. Free, pre-registration required online or in person at SYLS. 1-2pm. Senior/Community Center, Lower Level, 204 Hillside Ave., Livingston. 973-535-7950.

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Gin Blossoms Performs

R&B “Babyface” Performs

Impression 1400 Projector Presentation

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An American rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, Az. They first came to notice with the song “Hey Jealousy”. 8pm. Wellmont Theatre, 5 Seymour St., Montclair. 973-783-9500. Each of these new projectors includes Artograph’s built-in grids for design and composition. The Flare100, Inspire800, and Impression1400 include 22 custom grids with a bonus set of border patterns and geometric shapes. Use the grids and patterns alone, or superimpose them over your image for precision layout. 3-6pm. Jerry’s Artist Outlet, 495 Prospect Ave., Essex Green Shopping Plaza, West Orange. 973-669-0995.

R Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds performs in a romantic Valentine’s evening of his greatest hits. Special guest “After 7”. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828. Sharie Spironhi, renowned motivational speaker, human behavior expert and author of “Why We Are Wired to Worry and How Neuroscience Will Help You Fix It” will talk about how you can stop stressing out and feel good again. A light lunch will be provided. Reservations required. 1pm. Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-226-2837.

George Washington Carver and Friends

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Megan Hilty, known for starring roles in “Smash,” Wicked and 9 to 5: The Musical. Hilty’s sensational voice and star power are perfect for a trip through the American Songbook. 8pm. Also Feb.13, 8pm and Feb.14, 3pm. William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973720-2000.

George Washington Carver leads us on a fast paced and hilarious introduction to some of the most influential Black Americans of the last 150 years. Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and Madame CJ Walker are just a few of the inspirational stories brought to life in this empowerinig production. 4-4:45pm. Free. West Orange Public Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave. W. Orange. 973-7360198.

SOMA Film Festival

Saturday, February 13

Megan Hilty Performs

Independent filmmakers will screen their work in a weekend of the innovative and unexpected. cated to presenting unique, and aspiring filmmaking from around the world. Runs thru Feb. 14. Visit for details. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

Dance Your Heart Out Enjoy some Valentine’s dance instruction from Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Learn the Rumba and Tango. 2-3:30pm. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. 973-635-0603.


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A New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performance. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Megan Hilty, known for starring roles in “Smash,” “Wicked” and “9 to 5”. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Men Are From Mars—Women Are From Venus LIVE! This one-man fusion of theater and stand-up is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the No. 1 best-selling book by John Gray. When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are Earth-shatteringly hysterical. 2 & 8PM also Feb. 14, 2 & 7pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-2975828.

Blind Date with a Book Discover your next great read. 9-12pm. Caldwell Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-2262837.


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Darlene Love Performs

Marc Anthony Performs “Concierto del Día de San Valentín” will take to the stage and marks the first in Prudential Center’s new Latin Concert Series .of popular Latin music programming. 8pm. Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark.

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Jane Siberry Performs More than thirty years after her first musical release, Toronto native Jane Siberry is renowned as one of contemporary music’s most creative, innovative artists—with eleven major recordings, her own independent label, and the acclaim of fans and peers alike. 8pm. The First Congregational Church, Guild Room, 40 South Fullerton, Montclair. www.


Crafty Saturday Stop by Caldwell Public Library to make a valentine for your valentine. 10:30am. Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973226-2837.

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Through the years, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-816-8160.

7:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center,100 South St., Morristown. 973539-8008.

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Shapes in the Sky Shapes in the Sky is a storytelling series featuring fun myths and legends from around the world and throughout history. Reservations recommended. Ages 4 and older. 3pm. Runs thru November. Longo Planetarium in Cohen Hall, CCM’s, 214, Center Grove Rd., Randolph. 973-3285076.

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Antoinette Montague Performs

Family Fun Day Tours and activities designed for the family, all activities are free! Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Rd., Montclair.

Monday, February 15 Maxwell and Nas Perform Two-time Grammy Award-winning R&B star Maxwell and eleven time Grammy Award nominated Nas will take the stage for the first time. Emeli Sande will join the singer as special guests for the evening’s performance. 8pm. Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark. Spend Valentine’s Day with your special loved one at Dorthaan’s Place, where the jazz brunch series hosts Newark-born vocalist Antoinette Montague, a jazz singer who moves effortlessly between gutsy blues and hushed romantic ballads.11am & 1pm. Nico Kitchen & Bar, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Open House for Homeschool Families Join an information session on programs available this spring for a variety of ages, and learn about volunteer and internship opportunities for children ages 14 and up. 10 and 11 am. Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Rd., Montclair. 973-744-1796.

President’s Day for Kids Visit Crane House and Historic YWCA and, through hands-on activities and crafts, discover how our past presidents (and their wives and children) lived. Admission includes supplies and materials. Ages 6-10. 10am-Noon. Crane House, 108 Orange Rd., Montclair. 973- 744-1796.

American Pride Celebrate President’s Day and America’s unquenchable spirit of innovation, discovery, and exploration with the American Pride Laser Spectacular, an exciting musical and laser extravaganza that touches on several US historical highlights featuring pop/rock and patriotic music. 11am & 1:30pm. Morris Museum, Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

Wednesday, February 17 Free Lecture on STEM CELLS and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Suffering from arthritis or a tendon injury? Attend a free educational lecture about how Stem Cells and PRP therapies can help you heal. We specialize in non-surgical solutions for sports, spine and orthopedic injuries. 7pm. Advanced Medical Center at Cedar Knolls, Fourth Floor, 197 Ridgedale Ave., Cedar Knolls. 973-998-8309.

Fireside Meditation Join contemporary spiritual teacher and author, Ramananda John E. Welshons, for a wonderful series of winter evening meditation classes in the beautiful living room of Van Vleck House. Participants will learn and practice different forms of mindfulness meditation in each session. Open to all levels. Registration required. 7– 9pm. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752. education@

Healing Meditation Class is open to all. Relax and recharge. 7:308:30pm. The Wae Center, 270 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. Email:

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Join chef Eileen Mallor and participate in cooking lasagna, beefy vegetable stew, shepherd’s pie, chili, macaroni and creamy cashew cheese. 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

Teen Game Nights Experience multi-player gaming at its best. Play the Wii-U on the big screen with other gamers. Bring your own Wii controller or use ours. We also have board games, regular Wii, plus more. All gamers welcome—new and experienced. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Grades 6-12. West Orange Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-0198.

Thursday, February 18 Polish Baltic Philharmonic of Gdansk Performs Program: Chopin: Piano Concert No. 2 in F Minor, Op 21; Piano Soloist: Marcin Koziak Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Symphonic Suite, Op 35 Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture in B Minor. Boguslaw Dawidow, Principal Guest Conductor. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center,100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

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Hear. Care. Act. The Black Lives Matter Movement in Museums Learn from Founder and Director Moncia Montgomery, how the Museum of Impact in New York used art and dialogue to reveal the complexities of the Black Lives Matter movement, humanizing the struggle against racial violence. 7pm. Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm St., Summit. 908-273-9121.

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The Ahn Trio

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The three sisters of the Ahn Trio (Lucia on the piano, Angella on the violin, and Maria on the cello) have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-816-8160. www.

Essex Photo Club Program

VPC Meeting

Dr. Nick Palmieri will be the judge at Essex Photo Club’s photo competition. He will critique beginner and advanced photography in the areas of pictorial and nature. 7:30pm. Caldwell United Methodist Church, 8 Academy Rd., Caldwell. 973-7361861.

The VPC is a public, non-profit organization of volunteers working with Essex County to maintain and improve the condition of Verona Park. All interested persons welcome. 7:30pm. Verona Boathouse, Activity Room, Lakeside and Bloomfield Aves., Verona.

New Jersey Speakers Series: Diana Nyad

D.I.Y. Crafts Program “Monster Bookmarks”. Ages 8-12. 4pm. West Orange Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange. 973-736-0198.

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Diana Nyad came to national attention in the 1970s for swimming around Manhattan and then from the Bahamas to Florida. In 2013, at the age of 64, she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West without the aid of a shark cage. Nyad is also a journalist who has been regularly featured on NPR and ABC’s Wide World of Sports. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Join us to discuss “The Eye Of Jade” by Diane Wei Liang and enjoy authentic snacks for Chinese New Year. When Mei Wang is unfairly dismissed from her cushy job with the Chinese national police, she starts an illegal private detective agency in Beijing, following in her long-vanished dissident father’s footsteps. This is a free adult program, reservations required. 7:15-8:15pm. Livingston Public Library, 10 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston. 973-992-4600 x238.

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The Fab Four Perform

Wind Ensemble & Women’s Chorus Performance

This incredible stage show includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles everchanging career. 8pm. Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-816-8160.

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra Performs This distinguished ensemble from the historic port city of Gdansk on the coast of the Baltic Sea performs a splendid evening of Beethoven favorites under the baton of celebrated Polish conductor Boguslaw Dawidow. 8pm. State Theater,15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. 732-246-7469.

Disney FANTASIA: Live In Concert A live event that combines classical music with two beloved Disney movies. The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ted Sperling, accompanies scenes from the animated feature films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. 8pm. Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

A Folk Project Special Concert Featuring Comas one of the most recognized bands in modern Celtic music throughout Europe and North America. Handicapped accessible; free parking.Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 8-11pm. 908-591-6491.

Umoja Dance Company, Freespace Dance, and NJTAP Dance Ensemble join forces to bring the excitement of three different styles of dance. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-2751114.

The Marshall Tucker Band and The Outlaws Perform A double bill of 70s Southern rock. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center,100 South St., Morristown. 973539-8008.

This annual concert event, co-presented by NJPAC’s Arts Education Department and the New Jersey Music Educators Association, brings together some of the very best young instrumentalists and vocalists from across the state for a dynamic group performance. 3pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Drew Thomas Magic presents: Materialize! Drew Thomas presents an innovative theatrical production that doesn’t rely on smoke or mirrors, fancy boxes, or magic cliches…just original illusions that will change your preconception towards magic. 3 & 7:30PM. Mayo Performing Arts Center,100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

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Senior Happening: Florian Schantz Jazz Combo The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo was formed in 2012 by then 9-year old Florian Schantz. Since then, the band has delighted audiences in numerous venues in the greater NYC Area and in Germany. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy coffee and dessert served from Noon to 12:45pm. 1-2pm. Livingston Public Library, 10 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston. 973-9924600 x238.

Artist Debbie Livingston guides you through the creative process of making a pamphlet stitch book with beautiful Japanese washi paper and an accordion book, perfect for poetry, sketching or photos. Supplies provided. Registration required. 10am-Noon. Free. West Orange Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave. W. Orange. 973-736-0198.

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Bryan Suchenski will call the contras. The band will be the Jody Kruskal Band. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 pm. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. Listeners are welcome. 8-11pm. First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. 973295-6864.

“The Comedy Get Down”

Benise’s love of both Spanish guitar and rock brings a fierce intensity to these new interpretations of his favorite classic anthems. 8pm. State Theater,15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. 732-246-7469.

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Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy have been breaking ground in the comedy business and bringing the laughs for decades. 8pm. Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark.

Body & Soul returns to Montclair’s stunning Van Vleck House & Gardens, this time with a new Winter Garden Ballroom on the front lawn of the historic site, adding room for dancing with the award-winning Jazz House Big Band. 8–11pm. The Early Show / Patron Event 6:30– 8pm. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair.

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The Only Call You’ll Need to Make for Your New Kitchen or Bath. An Evening with Graham Nash

Richard Stillman’s “Spirit of Vaudeville”

8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

The Spirit of Vaudeville is an awardwinning musical variety show that celebrates the vaudevillians of the jazz age. The tale is told through banjo strumming, tap dancing, storytelling, ukulele and mandolin solos, and wacky Charleston dances. 2-4pm. Reservations required. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752 x2.

Tom Papa Performs The Jersey comedian shines a spotlight on the absurdity of everyday life with hilarious observations about marriage, parenting and adulthood. 8pm. NJPAC, Victoria Theater, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Cancer Health Fair American Cancer Society Relay For Life of NIHO’s Carnival For a Cure Kickoff. Cancer Health Fair with speakers, entertainment, mini-fashion show, food, giveaways and much more. Science Park High School, 260 Norfolk St., Newark 973-602-9133.

Sunday, February 21 Jazz in the Loft: Tommy Campbell’s Vocal Eyes Tommy Campbell’s long tenure with Dizzy Gillespie began in the late 70s and continued through the 80s and 90s. 7pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

Centennial Concert Series Presenting The Stirling Duo and Friends in “Getting More Acquainted With The String Quartet.” The event is part of the Centennial Concert Series to celebrate the Livingston Library’s 100th birthday. Joseph Gluck, violin; Kathleen McCormick, violin; Cathy Clark, viola; and Sophia Bacelar; cello. 3pm. The Livingston Library,10 Robert Harp Drive in Livingston. 973992-4600.

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Censuses 201: What Was That Enumerator Thinking? Genealogist Liz Haigney Lynch, creator of the Ancestral Archaeologist Blog, presents a discussion on how to mine census data to further your family history research. This session will focus especially on immigrant ancestors in densely populated urban areas, a group that presents interesting challenges in narrowing large-volume search results to specific, plausible possibilities. 2pm. Crane House & Historic YWCA, Lower Leval, 108 Orange Rd., Montclair. 973- 744-1796. www.montclair

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Donning his familiar red sweater, Daniel takes you on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved neighborhood. Based on the PBS Kids series produced by the Fred Rogers Company. Ages 2-6. 1:30 & 4:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center,100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008. www.

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Tuesday, February 23

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Teen Writing Club You’ll have some creative writing exercises, followed by time to share and get feedback on your own personal writing projects. Whether you are working on a poem, a story, or an essay—all writers are encouraged to participate. Writing Club meets the last Tuesday of each month. Grades 6-12. West Orange Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave. W. Orange. 973-7360198.

Wednesday, February 24

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For the third year in a row, the Montclair Historical Society will host a film series focusing on Civil Rights and the African American experience with a historical perspective. Each program consists of excerpts of the documentary plus lively discussion and Q&A with humanities scholar. Features film “Freedom Summer” 7pm. Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair.

Thursday, February 25 RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles Join chef Suzanne Lowery in cooking bleu cheese straws, spice rubbed lamb chops with minted brown butter sauce, scallion potato pancakes, spinach-asparagus-toasted almond and strawberry salad, pineapple carrot cake with coconut cream cheese frosting. 6:30-9:30pm. Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Tpke., Short Hills. 973-258-4009.

“Navigating Your Money Story” Workshop Using a mindful approach, explore the power points that can change your ‘money life. 6:30-8pm. Please pre-register. NJCHL, 292 Bloomfield Ave., 2nd Flr., Montclair. 973-577-6921. beth@aworking

Garden Discoveries—Maple Sugaring Since each child learns in a different way, every class examines one topic through stories, outdoor exploration, and hands-on activities and specimens. Classes are held twice a month, and each class has individual registration. Each program will include a guided hike, hands-on activities and a story. Instructor: Michelle Wiessner. 3-5 year olds (accompanied by parent/caregiver) Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair. 973-744-4752. education@

Meditation for Men and Women Get ready for the British Invasion with RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, the world’s most acclaimed, multimedia spectacular salute to Paul, John, George and Ringo. 8pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Join, psychotherapist, Sue Waldman while she facilitates a relaxed, comforting and peaceful guided meditation. It yields physical, psychological and spiritual benefits. Meditation brings us not only to new inner experiences, but helps us also to transform our day-to-day life into a better, more meaningful and more fulfilling life. Advanced Registration Required. NJ Center for Healthy Living, 2nd Fl., 292 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. 973-857-4357 (HELP).

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Wednesday Feb. 3rd, Thursday Feb. 11th, Wednesday Feb. 17th, Thursday Feb. 25th. All classes are at 10:3011:30am, and are free to the public. Cedar Grove Free Public Library, 1 Municipal Plz., Cedar Grove. 973857-9536.

Join us for lunch and a health topic presented by St. Barnabas. Registration required. Caldwell Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-2262837.

I love the 90’s With Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio Color Me Badd, and many more. 7pm. Wellmont Theatre, 5 Seymour St., Montclair. 973-783-9500. www.wellmont

A Night with Janis Joplin

Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies stars in this musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center,100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008. www.

Friday, February 26 Peter Yarrow and John Gorka Perform An extraordinary double-bill featuring Peter Yarrow of the legendary 1960s folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary and the quintessential singersongwriter of the 1990s folk music scene, John Gorka. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114.

The Flemtones Perform Know ‘Em, You LUV ‘Em! Special Anniversary Night! 9pm. Tierney’s Tavern, 136-138 Valley Rd., Montclair. Montclair. www.tierneystavern. com/music

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Saturday, February 27 Straighten Up and Fly Right Nat King Cole broke the pop barrier with his smoky, smooth vocals, stringing along a huge number of hits beginning with “Straighten Up and Fly Right” in 1943. Pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitarist John Pizzarelli have tailored a tribute to the titan of fifties vocal pop. 8pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center,100 South St., Morristown. 973-539-8008.

An Evening with Cowboy Junkies For more than 20 years, Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty. 8pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-275-1114. www.sopac


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Seussology Show A fun, lively, and interactive program run by a very funny and silly Cat who causes all types of mischief. Test your knowledge of Seuss Trivia in the Seussology Game Show, dancing during the Seussology Dance Party, and tongue-twisting Seussology Rhyming Time. 11am & 1:30pm. Morris Museum, Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-9713700.

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Star Power A New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performance. Stroll down the NJSO’s Composer Walk of Fame and hear John Williams’ Star Wars and the very best music from Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. 2 & 3:30pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

Solo Acoustic. 8-10:30pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregation At Montclair, 67 Church St., Montclair.

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Vistas & Landscapes: Copland & Dvorak A New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performance. When it comes to summoning the spacious vistas of the American landscape, few pieces can rival Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Dvorák’s “New World” Symphony. A different landscape beckons in Silent Woods, inspired by the serene forests of Dvorák’s native Bohemia and performed here by NJSO Associate Principal Cello Stephen Fang. 8PM & Feb. 28, 3pm. NJPAC, Prudential Hall, 1 Center St., Newark. 973-297-5828.

The Fab Faux perform The Beatles “White Album” The band is committed to performing live what they feel would be an accurate reproduction of The Beatles’ repertoire, often performing material The Beatles never played live. The band is often accompanied by a horn section and a string section to achieve the proper sound. 8pm. Wellmont Theatre, 5 Seymour St., Montclair. 973-783-9500.

Sunday, February 28 Juilliard @ SOPAC: Verona Quartet

Sunday Comics The area’s best rising stars with Special Guests from major clubs, radio & TV. Special Guest: Joe Eichler. 7:30pm. Tierney’s Tavern, 136-138 Valley Rd., Montclair. Montclair.

Monday, February 29 Grover Kemble Performs

Members Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro, violins, Abigail Rojansky, viola and Warren Hagerty, cello— has won numerous accolades and awards, and is quickly establishing itself as one of the most exciting young string quartets on the music scene today. 3pm. SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 973-2751114.

“Annie” Production The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. 2 & 8pm. Feb. 28, 2pm. State Theater,15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. 732-246-7469.

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Suzzanne Douglas Performs “Jazz and the American Songbook” Suzzanne performs a mixture of songs from The American Songbook as well as well as her own compositions. 7pm. Luna Stage, 555 Valley Rd., West Orange. 973-3955551.

Jimmy Durante Show. Although not a pianist, he sings like The Schnoz, an important figure in jazz during the 1930s, and has thrilled local audiences with his tribute program.8-9:30pm. Bickford Theater, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-971-3700.

The Pink Mastermind Workshop Would you like to join a mastermind group for successful, self-directed, positive women? The pink mastermind will help each woman identify goals, clear out her challenges and help support her with taking action. The values that will be reviewed will be authenticity, integrity, commitment, accountability, spirituality, self-expression and honesty. Sue will be reviewing the book, “Big, Bold Business Advice” and the chapter that she wrote. Verona location. Call 973- 857 -4357 (HELP).

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Local Exhibits Live, Play, Eat: Around the Table at Gusav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms A sweeping survey of American art at the turn of the 20th century, American Visions: 1870–1940 traces the emergence of a truly American style of painting by concentrating on regional artists’ colonies established across the United States during this period. The exhibition explores the ways in which local artists interpreted America’s rural, maritime, and urban spaces and portrayed daily life using the Impressionist devices of capturing the moment with brisk brushstrokes, a vibrant palette, and atmospheric effects. It provides a thought-provoking historical context for American Impressionism by positioning it between the Hudson River School—whose majestic landscapes influenced, then gradually gave way to, French Impressionist–inspired works—and the modernist trends evident in the later pieces on view. On view from February 7-June 19. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair. 973-746-5555.

Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place Featuring more than 100 outstanding works of art from the Newark Museum’s extraordinary collections, Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place will showcase the long history, vast geographic expanse and amazing diversity of works of art in the Islamic world. Two factors distinguish this exhibition: first, the inclusion of works from Southeast Asia and East and West Africa, areas largely overlooked in most exhibitions of Islamic art; and second, modern and contemporary works are featured side-by-side with historic objects. Works in the exhibition cover nearly all media, ranging from carpets to dress to jewelry, ceramics, glass, metal, paintings, prints, calligraphy and photographs. This exhibition will surprise viewers with dazzling works that span over 1,400 years of artistry. On view from February 12-May 15. The Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark. 973-596-6550. www.

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Now Doing the Talking An exhibit that highlights trailblazing athletes-turned-broadcasters showcases a host of those vintage voices, including New York announcing icons Ralph Kiner and Phil Rizzuto in a new exhibit, “Now Doing the Talking.” This exhibit shines a light on the most influential ex-players who called the games they once played. Runs through March 18. The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, Montclair State University, 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls. 973-655-2378.

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et’s look at the second definition’s “perceived obstacle.” Many times the obstacle we face is in our own mind and becomes built up as something bigger than any other obstacle we will encounter. It will block more achievements, discoveries, and personal growth than all the excuses we’ve ever heard or have given. That obstacle is fear. I interviewed someone who understands fear better than most of us and brings his insight from a unique perspective. Nik Wallenda, King of the High Wire, is a seventh-generation member of the world famous Flying Wallena family. He holds seven world records for his feats. New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed a bill into law allowing Wallenda to walk a high wire over Niagra Falls between the United States and Canada in 2012. Wallenda is also the first person to walk across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope without a safety harness.

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Nik Wallenda: What a lot of people call fear, I call respect. What I mean by that is I don’t fear heights, I respect heights. I realize there’s definitely a risk there, but I also know with the right training, preparation, skills, and ability I can overcome the fear.

A handful of wire walkers have tried to get permission to walk across Niagara Falls for the past 30 years and none of them succeeded. I think a lot of that had to do with fear. As soon as they had a door shut in their face they turned around and gave up. My greatgrandfather taught me to never give up. (If) you pursue your goal and you’re persistent about it, you will reach it no matter what the challenge. Fear is very debilitating; it takes the life out of you, no matter what you’re facing. The key is to be willing to face your fears, respect your fears, and know that you’ll make it through. BF: I’d like you to expand on that word, respect. What can people do in their daily lives to overcome more of their fears and grow in the process?

NW: The most successful people in the world are risk takers. Risk takers are also the most confident people. It’s all about the mentality of how you go into a situation in your life. My grandfather said life is on the wire and everything else is just waiting. Your attitude controls your thoughts, your emotions, and the level of your success. I’ve had many doors closed in my face but had to keep a positive attitude during the process. I look at the end goal and not try to focus on everything in between. BF: So respect means that you study your craft, you train and prepare so that you diminish the risk. That preparation in itself makes you more confident. NW: That is a huge part of it. Preparation is the key element leading up to the event; it’s also another reason why we were successful in convincing both governments to allow the walk. This situation’s challenge was dealing with two countries with

two different types of laws that are over 100 years old. In the history of my profession nobody’s ever had to change a law, let alone the laws of two countries. But I always knew if I went in there with the right attitude and I was prepared properly for it I would come out with the outcome I wanted.

It all relates back to being prepared. Most people say “this guy must be out of his mind, he walks on a wire for a living!” What is normal to me is not normal to others. I’ve only walked on the ground a year longer than I’ve walked on the high wire, which I started doing at two years old (Nik is 33 years old).

We planned and made sure we covered every detail. The naysayers ask, “What about your safety, the public’s safety? What about the land?” We are prepared for anything that’s going to come our way.

BF: All the preparation helps us stop thinking when the actual event comes to fruition. In martial arts we call this “mushin,” no mind. If I have to think of what type of kick or strike I’m going to use when someone attacks me I’ve already lost. You cannot think; you must be so prepared that you act without thinking.

BF: What do you think about fear being good for you if you learn how to control it? Boxing trainer Teddy Atlas once explained that fear is like fire: it can heat your home, warm you, cook your food, but it can also burn up everything around you if let it get out of control.

NW: Yes. Respect for the event means you prepare to control the fear, maintain a positive attitude, train until there is no thinking, and never, ever give up. BF: Some great advice from the King of the High Wire.

NW: There is a very close connection between fear and respect in my opinion.

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VINCENT RAITH Executive Chef of The Manor By Rhonda L. Rivera, Photos by Dan Epstein


xecutive Chef Vincent Raith enjoys all aspects of the culinary arts, which shows in every dish he lovingly prepares. Born, raised and trained in France, he approaches his menus from a unique perspective, to the delight of patrons of The Manor. Raith created this halibut recipe specifically for the readers of Suburban Essex. Noting that people eat with their eyes first, Raith strives to make all of his dishes colorful. This recipe is no exception, with a brilliant green sauce that will brighten even the gloomiest of winter days. Recognizing that halibut is one of the most expensive fish on the market, he says any white fish would be a good substitute. If seeking an alternate, Raith suggests snapper, flounder, tilapia, cod or haddock. Cautioning that whatever type of fish used should not be overcooked, he recommends testing the filet for doneness by lightly poking it— when the resistance is gone, it is ready for the table. At The Manor, Raith offered a variation of this dish on his chef’s tasting menu. His special offering included pieces of pickled Meyer lemon 60

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rind in the sauce, steamed broccoli and a mixed microgreens salad featuring tiny julienned red bell pepper that had been placed in ice water to make them crispy. When asked to compare his native country to his adopted home, Raith says, with a smile, that he met his wife here. Describing America at a “melting pot,” he enjoys the feeling of everyone trying to build something together. “The United States is so welcoming of many different points of view,” notes Raith. Incorporating this sentiment in his kitchen, Raith is known for collaborating with every member of his kitchen staff. He involves everyone from line cooks to sous chefs when creating The Manor’s chef’s tasting menu, which changes every two weeks. This way, everyone in the kitchen participates in the creative process, resulting in new and interesting creations. Raith graduated from Ferrandi, one of France’s leading culinary arts schools. After working for a decade in Paris at one- and twoMichelin star restaurants, he moved to New York City and honed his gastronomic talents at such locales as The Plaza Hotel and The Pierre Hotel. Prior to coming to The Manor in April 2015, he was the executive chef at Splashlight Studios, one of NYC’s leading photography studios. The Manor 111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, 973-731-2360


(Serves 2) FOR THE RISOTTO Ingredients: ½ onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1t fresh thyme, chopped 2T olive oil, divided 2c Arborio rice ½t saffron 1½ quart vegetable stock Salt and pepper, to taste ½ lb. chorizo, small dice 1 red bell pepper, small dice Directions: In a small pot, sweat the onion, garlic and thyme in 1T olive oil over medium-high heat, stirring often, about 3 minutes until soft. Add the rice and toast for 2 minutes. Add saffron and the stock, one ladleful at

a time, until absorbed, stirring constantly. This will take approximately 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, in a small pan, heat 1T olive oil, chorizo and red pepper. When cooked through, season with salt and pepper and stir into the finished Risotto. FOR THE HALIBUT Ingredients: 1 lb. halibut 2T olive oil Salt and white pepper, to taste Directions: Season the fish with salt and white pepper on both sides. Heat a sauté pan with olive oil. When hot, add the fish and heat, flipping once, until cooked through.

FOR THE SAUCE Ingredients: 1T olive oil 1 shallot, chopped 1/2 c white wine 1 c heavy cream 1t chives 1t fresh Thai basil Directions: In a sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat and then sweat the shallots, approximately 2 minutes. Add the wine and reduce by half, stirring occasionally. Add the cream and reduce until the sauce reaches desired consistency. Take the pan off the heat. When the sauce comes to room temperature, add the chives and basil and blend in a blender for 40 seconds. Reheat the sauce and serve over the fish.

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Restaurant GUIDE BLOOMFIELD Senorita’s Mexican Grill

285 Glenwood Ave, Bloomfield • 973-743-0099

With 270 seats, two floors provide a festive, family-friendly atmosphere perfect for receptions and private events. Senorita’s offers traditional Southwestern fare including fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas and more. A vegetarian menu and delivery are available. Enjoy the bar’s daily happy hour specials. H, LP, SP, MCC, $IN-$MOD, TO, D


entrees, panini sandwiches, burgers, and salads as well as pizzas, flatbreads, and calzones made with all natural whole grain ingredients in their stone deck, wood burning oven. They also have a new wine menu. As always, the restaurants are family friendly and offer a complete children’s menu. All chicken served and sold, is free range chicken. During the spring and summer months, they offer outdoor dining as well as an outdoor bar area. ENT,H, OD, RR, LP, MCC, TO

403 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell • 973-228-8856

Nori Sushi

406 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 973-403-2400 •

More than a traditional Japanese sushi restaurant, Nori Sushi offers unique and exotic foods ranging from Bugs Bunny and Jalapeño sushi rolls to Indonesian-Style lemongrass-scented chicken.

395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell • 973-226-9812

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OCHA Restaurant

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Cloverleaf Tavern


275 NJ State Highway 10, East Hanover 973-884-8840

Soup, salad, pasta, omelets, burgers and more. Whatever the fare, we do it right. Bring the whole family to this delicious, neighborhood restaurant. MCC $MOD LP H TO

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American Cuisine in a family dining atmosphere. 24 beers on draft and over 75 bottled beers. OD, RR (for 8 or more), MCC, $MOD, LP, SP, H, TO

Cucina Calandra

216 US Highway 46 East, Fairfield 973-575-7720

The “family kitchen” of Cucina Calandra provides classic Italian cuisine in a family-friendly environment. The menu centers on southern Italian cooking and the dining room is reminiscent of an Italian courtyard. The dining room features a stone deck wood-burning oven and children can shape and decorate their own pizza. Pasta Night is featured on Tuesdays with pasta dishes and bottles of wines offered at half price

il Vecchio Cafe and Restaurant

234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell • 973-226-8889

The Calandra’s third and newest restaurant, iL Vecchio Café, offers a lunch and dinner menu featuring homemade pastas,

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Since LuNello opened in 1990, Chef Seger’s modern Italian flair mixed with traditional culinary skills has created a whirlwind of praise. Enticing presentation and courteous staff are integral to LuNello’s success. The elegant setting is the perfect compliment to the menu. Whether dining in the Dining Room or enjoying a cocktail in the handsome bar, LuNello works to create the ultimate experience. MCC, $EXP, LP

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A family friendly restaurant offering Northern Italian dishes with a Mediterranean flair. The restaurant features an open kitchen, Tuscan themed dining room, lobby bar, outdoor seating in the spring and summer months, and fireside lobby dining in the winter months. Guests of the establishment will enjoy fresh homemade pasta, seafood, Mediterranean specialties, and authentic pizza from the stone deck wood-burning oven. Their enticing dessert tray is full of delicious pastries and desserts from Calandra’s Bakery. They offer live piano entertainment in the lobby on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Reservations are gladly taken for parties of two or more for lunch and dinner. ENT, OD, MCC, $MOD, LP, H, TO (continued on page 64)


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Nikko Hibachi

38 Two Bridges Road, Fairfield 973-882-1688

Here you will be encompassed with innovative Japanese decor and exceptional service in a spacious family friendly atmosphere. From the creative sushi rolls to kitchen entrees, their chefs meticulously prepare every entree with palette invigorating flavors. They accommodate every age with hibachi entertainment and one-of-a-kind specialty cocktails. ENT, H, OD, NR, RR, LP, MCC, $MOD, TO, D 2012 & 2013


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18 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-992-8911

This cozy Italian restaurant is a staple for eatin or take-out, lunch or dinner. Delicious thin crust pizza and pasta but other delectable entrees and appetizers as well. BYO VP RR MCC TO LP

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Owners Jimmy and Benny take pride in using only the freshest ingredients in the preparation of innovative Italian cuisine. Combining the finest Old World recipes with nouvelle cooking techniques results in a cuisine that is fresh and exciting. The setting looks and feels like a home away from home with its beautifully appointed, yet still intimate dining room. Party available. LP, MCC, RR, $IN-$MOD, BYO

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Lithos Estiatorio

405 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston • 973-758-1111

Offering fresh whole fish from the Mediterranean as well as many meat and poultry Greek dishes that will entice the palette of all culinary preferences.

it’s consistency and fresh food as the main reason for their devoted fan base. There is something on the menu for everyone. Winning Best Diner in the 2011 and 2012 Best of Essex reader’s choice awards is a testament to their quality and popularity with local residents. MCC, $MOD, LP, H, TO

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618 S. Livingston Ave, Livingston 973-994-1410 •

An American steakhouse with an Italian accent. Fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere.

Pizzetta Enoteca

62 West Mt. Pleasant Ave, Livingston 973-740-2264

Acasual, cool, hip place for young families seeking authentic thin crust pizza and fresh Italian dishes.

Strip House

6230 Town Center Way, 2nd Fl., Livingston • 973-992-8999

Thavma offers the very best of the Mediterranean by combining Greek and Middle Eastern specialties to create an unforgettable dining experience. All preparations and cooking are done fresh daily on the premises to give you the freshest seafood and grilled meat dishes. Lunch and dinner are served daily with takeout and limited delivery service for dinner only. Call for details. BYO, $MOD, ENT, OD, LP, NR, H, MCC, TO



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With menu items including truffle creamed spinach, prime cuts of steak and Grade A beef, an extensive wine list and decadent desserts, the Strip House is the quintessential steak house.

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Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine 59 Main Street, Millburn 973-912-8838

Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine focus’s on delivering the best taste while providing the lowest cholesterol and trans fat and only using fresh ingredients. Open kitchen with a warm, friendly dining room. Convenient take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner and specializing in off-premise catering. BYO, $MOD, LP, NR, H, MCC, TO, D

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Tiny Elephant

Uncle Moustache

54 Fairfield St, Montclair • 973-774-7252

701 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-233-9500 •


407 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair • 973-233-9400

Offering fresh, creative, high-quality sushi and European cuisine.

Bistro 18

18 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair • 973-2330800

Featuring a new American cuisine with European & Asian influences.

Osteria Giotto

An intimate French Bistro that embodies the essence of French cuisine and gives their own tasty interpretation of classic dishes.

Osteria Giotto’s traditional Italian cuisine has delighted patrons’ palates with a menu that includes an array of delicious and authentic Italian soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Fresh pasta made daily and bread is baked daily on the premises.

This cozy café shares space with Watchung Booksellers. Tiny Elephant offers healthy and fresh breakfast, brunch and lunch menus and is now open weeknights for an early dinner. They are well known for their wonderful boutique bakery items and also offer complete catering services. Check their website for information about cooking classes and birthday parties. BYO, OD, SP, TO, MN,

Ruthies BBQ & Pizza


This restaurant adds a southern barbecue flavor to fine gourmet food, specializing in wood smoked ribs, chicken beef and other smoked meats.

21-23 Midland Avenue, Montclair 973-746-0111 •

64 ½ Chestnut Street, Montclair 973-509-1134 •

Serving American classics, their barbeque is seasoned with custom dry rub, then cooked low and slow over hickory or mesquite. On the weekends, they have live blues bands.

700 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-509-8099 •

Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch staples with a twist, Toast is the perfect place to try new and exciting varieties of old favorites in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Try the Crab Cake Benedict or the Crab and Asparagus Omelet.

The Wood Pit BBQ

108-110 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair 973-954-4679

NORTH CALDWELL Desi’s Resaurant

11 Bloomfield Avenue, North Caldwell 973-287-6850

Featuring Modern American cuisine. A great place for families and friends to meet for lunch, dinner or happy hour. Live music Friday nights at the bar. Casual and moderately prices. ENT, H, OD, LP, MCC, #MOD, TO, MN


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ORANGE Star Tavern

400 High St., Orange • 973-675-3336

A traditional family favorite for delicious, thin crust pizza served in a lively and inviting atmosphere. TO, $IN-$MOD


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Offering brunch and dinner focuses on a fresh, local approach to cooking.

TS Ma Chinese Cuisine

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Veggie Heaven

631 Valley Road, Upper Montclair 973-783-1088 Specializing in Asian vegetarian dishes.



VERONA 199 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair 973-509-8878

T.S. Ma presents a menu that features topnotch Chinese fare that focuses on serving the freshest, healthiest, and most authentic Chinese cuisine available. They only cook with fresh vegetables and cholesterol and trans fat free canola oil. Three-time winner of Best Chinese Restaurant and Best Chinese Take-Out. They feature a warm dining room, as well as a website with online ordering and delivery. They specialize in catering for special occasions. BYO, MCC, $MOD, LP, H, TO

633 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona 973-239-4416

Provide a casual dining experience as well as a formal dining experience with a beautiful Mediterranean décor.

The Thai Elephant

18 Grove Ave, Verona, NJ 07044 973-559-3033 Serving fresh and authentic Thai food.

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622 Valley Road, Upper Montclair 973-783-9800

Serving fresh, locally-sourced American food with a global influence. Menu updated regularly. Call for reservations. BYO, RR, LP, MCC, $EXP

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608 Valley Rd, Upper Montclair 973-744-4144

A restaurant offering modern American cuisine, a full bar, and an extensive liquor and wine list.

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624 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona 973-239-0544

Simply the best in bistro and pub fare including a selection of specialty burgers, tacos and potatoes (tots and fries) as well as more than 40 craft beers. Check the website for details of their daily specials—Football Sundays, Double Happy Hour & Kids Night on Monday, Monster Mug and Taco Night on Tuesdays, Half-Off Craft Beer on Wednesdays, Ladies Night on Thursday, Really Happy Fridays and Supersize Saturdays—to name a few. Their Facebook page will showcase what sports are being shown on their big screens. $IN-$MOD, ENT, SP (continued on page 68)


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The Essex House


555 Passaic Ave, West Caldwell 973-808-2288

Authentic blends of Indian and Thai cuisine in a warmly adorned restaurant


776 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell 973-808-7178

This Japanese grill and Sushi bar uses only the freshest and highest quality seafood to prepare your meal.

Gennaro’s Cucina

40 Clinton Rd, West Caldwell 973-287-6307

Chef Gennaro Romeo combines thirty years of experience with a passion for food to prepare authentic Italian family recipes daily. With exceptional cuisine at a great value, Gennaro’s Cucina provides the perfect casual atmosphere in a dining room reminiscent of an outdoor Italian bistro. BYO, D, LP, $IN-$EXP

525 Northfield Avenue, West Orange 973-731-2222

Whether it’s for a quick drink at the bar, a business luncheon, a romantic steak dinner for two, or a private event, The Essex House accommodates all their guests with a warm, inviting atmosphere and an experience they’ll look forward to returning back for, time and time again. ENT, H, RR, LP, VP, MCC, $EXP, TO

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1090 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell

Voted Best Sports Bar—Three Three Years in a Row!

PF Market Seafood Market and restaurant offers high quality fresh fish and seafood from Pacific Fish Market in addition to serving freshly prepared dishes in a unique dining environment.

WEST ORANGE China Gourmet

468 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange 973-731-6411

A wonderful friendly atmosphere serving delicious authentic Chinese cuisine.

Due Amici Ristorante

450 Main Street, West Orange 973-669-0027

Choice of a craft beer, one appetizer & one main dish—All for only $15! Fridays from 12-3pm

40+ Craft Beers Seven Nights of Specials


Valentine’s Day: 4-course menu • Live jazz $79 per person • Every lady gets a rose

Private Parties

February 2016

Great fresh sushi. A must try!


(see our website for details)

Suburban Essex

458 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange 973-669-2800

Live Music Wednesday through Saturday “Excellent” -ZAGAT Review



Characterized by panoramic views of the New York City skyline, Highlawn Pavilion on Eagle Rock Reservation offers scenic dining at its finest. The exceptional French-infused American fare is equally matched by the restaurant’s world-class service. Highlawn is increasingly becoming the venue of choice for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions. Live music is offered every Friday and Saturday in the Piano Room. $EXP, OD, RR, ENT, VP, MN

Kim’s Sushi

A family owned Italian restaurant & catering serves authentic Italian dishes.

624 Bloomfield Ave, Verona 973-239-0544

Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange 973-731-3463

11 S. Fullerton Avenue • Montclair 973-746-6778 • WWW.PALAZZONJ.COM Parking garage located across street

Catering Available

Enjoy the Extensive Selection at Our Wine Bar

LUNCH: Mon-Fri 11:30-3, Sat 11:30-4 DINNER: Mon-Thu 5-9:30, Fri & Sat 5-10:30, Sun 2-9


RESTAURANT GUIDE SYMBOLS BYO: Bring your own ENT: Entertainment as noted H: Handicapped accessible OD: Outdoor dining (in season) NR: No reservations accepted RR: Reservation required/suggested LP: Lot parking SP: Street parking

Weekdays 11am-2:30pm

VP: Valet parking available MCC: Most credit cards accepted $IN: Inexpensive-$10 and under $MOD: Moderate $11 to $16 $EXP: Expensive-$17 and up TO: Take-out available D: Delivery available

Prices based on average entree price excluding beverages & gratuity.

The Manor

SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar

111 Prospect Ave, West Orange 973-731-2360

34 South Valley Road, West Orange • 973-736-7899

The Manor combines distinctive gourmet cuisine, superior service and a fabulous environment both inside and out to provide an exceptional experience for your special event or simply dinner with friends or family. H, RR, VP, MCC, $EXP,

McLoone’s Boathouse

9 Cherry Lane, West Orange 862-252-7108

Located within the South Mountain Recreation Complex, on the banks of the reservoir, showcasing spectacular views, they offer American cuisine that appeals to the entire family.

This full service restaurant and bar uses a unique blend of southern BBQ that creates their own special delicacies. Using only the finest premium meats, slow smoked in stateof-the art smokers, with their own exclusive house blend of rubs made from scratch.

ATTENTION RESTAURANT OWNERS: To have you restaurant included in the Restaurant Guide— Call 973-276-1688

Serving Dinner Everyday from 5pm • Reservations Highly Recommended

18 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave, Livingston • 973-992-8911


Make your next dinner an experience worth remembering.

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“The food is delicious and the atmosphere is festive.”

10% OFF Your Order

Not to be combined with any other promotions or offers. Expires 2/29/16.

285 Glenwood Ave, Bloomfield 973-743-0099 •

À LA CARTE DINING & FINE BRUNCH, LUNCH & LOBSTER DINNER BUFFETS 111 Prospect Avenue | West Orange, NJ 07052 | 973-731-2360 February 2016 69

Suburban Essex presents HOME RENOVATIONS


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Striving to provide the best design possible within the context of their client’s needs, spatial limitations, and budgetary considerations. 214 Montgomery St, Bloomfield | 973-748-1020




Offering an array of both surgical and non-surgical procedures for facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, body contouring and skin care.

A full service company offering kitchen & bath renovations, cabinetry, radiator covers, entertainment units, office systems & more.

37 N Fullerton Ave, Montclair | 973-233-1933

Montclair | 973-783-5788 HVAC



Whether you are looking to get rid of stretch marks, banish bothersome lines and wrinkles, or are interested in total skin rejuvenation, Dr. DeJuliis strives to satisfy each individual need.

Since 1965, Air Group technicians and installers have provided innovative, cutting-edge home comfort solutions, including heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical

8 Hillside Avenue, Suite 102, Montclair 973-338-6300 |

800-545-1020 |



Radiance Medical Spa offers a comprehensive list of non-invasive and holistic therapies including skincare and therapeutic medical treatments, which aim to help patients treat skin issues.

An authorized dealer for Carrier heating and cooling units, Mitsubishi ductless cooling and heating systems, Crown Boilers and residential sales, installation and repairs of Generac Elite standby generators.

825 Bloomfield Ave, Fells Plaza, Suite 205, Verona 973-559-5231 |

127 Paterson Ave, Little Falls | 973-237-0505





Comprehensive dental treatment in all areas of general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve a bright, healthy smile.

Valerie Ruddy, C.I.D., and her team specialize in one thing...beautiful decorating! They work collaboratively with clients to find the perfect products that satisfy their design style and budget.

1129 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell | 973-521-7610

973-239-3004 •



Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom lead a group of professionals devoted to the comfort, safety, and overall satisfaction of their patients.

Creating residential interiors that interpret each client’s unique vision with sophisticated design aesthetic, attention to detail and exceptional quality.

580 S. Livingston Ave, Livingston | 973-797-9345

Glen Ridge | 973-429-2106


SLOW BURN OF MONTCLAIR Specializing in a low-force, slow-motion strength training method called Slow Burn that will improve your strength, flexibility and endurance—without traditional aerobics or stretching. 25 Watchung Plaza, Montclair | 973-233-1013 70

Suburban Essex

February 2016

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Come participate in the many recreational opportunities available for people of all ages as you enjoy the Essex County experience. You can learn about nature and animals through exciting hands-on activities while visiting Essex County Turtle Back Zoo or our Environmental Center. Youngsters will have a fun-filled adventure when they attend one of our affordable camps at either facility. For a great physical challenge, hit the ice at Codey Arena in our ice skating camps. Every day brings something new in Essex! – JOSEPH N. DIVINCENZO, JR.

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange 973-731-5800 Spring Break Mini Camp Look to the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo to keep you busy! Our fun, exciting and educational camps get you out of the classroom and into the zoo. The Spring Break Mini Camp is for children ages 5-7 years and ages 8-10 years. It will be held Monday, April 11th through Friday, April 15th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Summer Camps Join Turtle Back Zoo for some wild fun this summer. There are week-long summer camps for children entering kindergarten and grades 1-8. Campers will be introduced to the extraordinary world of animals, nature and science. The camps have age-appropriate themes and include games, teacher-led lessons, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science, and fun crafts. Registration opens in March. For more information, visit our website at For more information about spring and summer programs, please email

Essex County Codey Arena 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange 973-731-3828 Spring 2016 Learn to Skate Registration opens Tuesday March 1st. Classes begin April 5th and run thru May and are offered on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sign-up at the arena front office.

Summer 2016 Learn to Skate Registration opens Tuesday May 10th. Classes run midJune to early August and will be offered on Tuesday and Saturday. Sign-up at the arena front office.

Summer Figure Skating Class June 27th to August 5th, Monday to Friday, Full & Half Day Weekly sessions available (No class Monday, July 4)

Essex County Environmental Center 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland • 973-228-8776 Nature Explorers Spring Camp

Nature Explorers Summer Camp

Tuesday, March 29; Wednesday, March 30; Thursday, March 31 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm OR Tuesday, April 12; Wednesday, April 13; Thursday, April 14 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm For children in grades 2 through 5

July 11 to July 22, Grades Pre K and Kindergarten, 1pm to 4pm July 25 to August 5, Grades 1 and 2, 1pm to 5pm August 8 to August 19, Grades 3 and 4, 1pm to 5pm

Restore the bond between children and nature. Give your child the opportunity to explore nature at the Essex County Environmental Center. For details, call the Center at 973-228-8776. Advance registration and payment are required.

Explore woodland and river habitats for insects, birds, amphibians, Lenape life and much more. Sign up for one or two weeks per grade level. For details, call the Center at 973-228-8776. Advance registration and payment are required.

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Putting Essex County First The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 22 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. Advertisement supported with a grant from the Essex County Parks Foundation, a private 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Essex County Parks System. Not printed at taxpayers’ expense.

Join Us in Celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month

Call to make an appointment today at our family friendly dental office during the month of February. The quality care we provide will make your family’s visit a pleasant and memorable one!

Let us care for your family’s smiles.

Convenient Appointments Available • Ample Private Parking

Dr. Tina Moheb

685 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 102 • Verona • 973-857-7799

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